Sunday, July 26, 2015

Saddleback in Trouble

Our favorite Ski Mountain - Saddleback Maine is in jeopardy of closing. The Berry's (the owners) have decided after many years of running the mountain at an operating loss they no longer can sustain this pace. They need help with financing a new lift to replace the Rangeley double, and that will hopefully pave the path forward to profitability. Without the lift, no ski season and time is running out to obtain financing.

I know everyone at Saddleback is trying their best. I hope it resolves successfully and we are skiing this winter.

You can read the press release from Saddleback here.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

It's Fishing Season in Maine - 2015 Edition

When the snow is not flying the @MaineSkiFamily crew likes to get out the fishing boat and spend some quality time on the waters of Maine. Maine offers some great fisheries for all different kind of species of fish. We primarily enjoy catching river smallmouth bass and taking an annual trip to Baxter State Park to catch native (never been stocked) brook trout. I will update this page from time to time with some fish pictures.

Late May Androscoggin River Smallmouth - Nice Fish ~16"!

Late May Androscoggin River Smallmouth Bass

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

2014-15 Maine Ski Season Wrap Up and Video

Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, we are starting get into the full swing of late spring and summer. The golf clubs are out, the pool is open and I foresee lots of BBQ's on the deck.

Reflecting on the ski season I have to say it was an excellent one. It started with a couple of good
Opening Day at Saddleback - Trees and Powder
November trips to Sugarloaf and then a Saddleback opening day powder day to remember on December 13. After getting through a bit of rain on MLK weekend, we got SNOW and COLD for the next couple of months. Brutal skiing from a temperature perspective but it was an amazing run of powder and stellar conditions. March and April brought moderating temperatures but we really didn't get into true spring skiing until our last couple of trips in Mid-April. 

As a family we got a couple of dozen ski days in primarily at Saddleback, but we visited Black, Big Rock, Shawnee Peak and Sugarloaf. Isaac got many training and race days in at Lost Valley as well. Our schedule didn't work out to visit Mt. Abram this year but we will be sure to get back there next ski season. 

We enjoy summer and all the activities it brings, but you will be sure to find us on the slopes come November! Here is a season ending ski edit Alec put together. Thanks to the boys and my wife for participating in the ski videos, pics and just having fun as a family on the mountains of Maine!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Toasting the 2014-15 Season with a Fantastic Spring Ski Day at Saddleback

Here is to you Mother Nature - thanks for a great year!
We wrapped up the 2014-15 ski season in style and toasted a great year by skiing the April 19th closing day at Saddleback Maine.

The day started out a bit on the cool and firm side, but by lunchtime the clouds left and the bright bluebird spring day was upon us. They had lost some snow when compared to last weekend but everything was still open and skied great. The corn snow was perfect making the groomed trails smooth and the bumps soft.

On Peachy's Peril I was able to stick my 50" pole into the trail snow pack all the way to the handle. We really had some epic snows and some favorable weather to keep the base locked in all year.

Beers, Burgers, Chicken, Pulled Pork and Sausage all available on the deck in the glorious sunshine. Wherever you are raise a glass of your favorite beverage to toast an epic ski season in Maine and the rest of New England!

Thank you to my son Alec for all the edits and to Alec and Isaac for capturing a lot of footage and images for the blog. And special thanks to Juley for putting up with all of us boys this year and getting some great turns in. With Alec going off to an out of state college next year I am glad we were able to share a great year on the slopes together. We are after all A Family Skiing in Maine!

Here is our video edit of the day.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Epic April Spring Ski Day at Saddleback

After a winter of incredible skiing we got an outstanding spring day at Saddleback. With deep cover, the bright sunshine and temps around 50 made a stellar ski day.

After about 11am, the natural trails loosened up and skied great. Everything was awesome all day. Groomers, Woods, Bumps - all were outstanding. The old man took a tumble down Governor head wall - check out the video evidence below... but no harm done.

Enough words - our day was just a bunch of this.

NO HARM DONE! But a bit of a fall by the A Family Skiing in Maine old man on the Governor headwall. Ski got caught and down we go!
Posted by A Family Skiing in Maine on Sunday, April 12, 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015

An April Powder Day at Saddleback Maine

The incredible ski season of 2014-15 continued on April 4, 2015 with a fun powder day at Saddleback.

Lots of snow in Lower Thrombosis Glade
Friday April 3rd by all accounts was a warm and sunny spring day with hero snow and bumps. What a difference a few hours makes - back to winter! On Saturday we drove up from Freeport in the rain but it changed to snow just a few miles outside of Rangeley. It snowed steadily all morning piling up to around 4" and we got some really sweet powder turns in late morning. Upper nightmare skied incredibly well. We hit the Governor head wall and found some sweet turns on this trail. Early in the day turns on Frost Bite, Black Beauty and Wardens Worry did not disappoint.

We were looking for some more great upper mountain turns after our lunch but the wind picked up as predicted and put the two upper chairs on wind hold. So we did a couple of runs off the T-Bar but the snow on the lower mountain was a bit warmer and not quite as good, so we called it around 2:30 very satisfied with our ski day.

It's April 4th?
It is a different world up at Saddleback. The snow is DEEP and will easily last throughout the season. It may be mud season back home but the spring skiing at Saddleback is and will continue to be most excellent. Saddleback will be open weekends at least through April 19th and maybe longer if the skiers support the mountain - so get out there and enjoy it!

Happy Easter everyone. Here is our video edit of the day. Our turns down Nightmare glade at 0:55 were quite fun for all of us!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Impressive March Skiing at Saddleback

The View and Snow at Saddleback is Outstanding
I had to go to to come up with ideas for a new adjective to describe our ski day. I have to say impressive is a good way to describe Saturday March 28th at Saddleback. We are so impressed by how good this skiing has been for so long this year. This is truly a ski season for the ages and I am really happy this blog has been a mechanism for us to capture it.

Temps were comfy - in the upper 20's / lower 30's with the sun poking out from behind the clouds occasionally, but spring really hasn't started at Saddleback yet. No matter your ability today it was great skiing. The cover is deep and the spring skiing should really be outstanding. Great crowd on the hill with lots of friendly smiles on peoples faces.

After today Saddleback is open April 3,4,5 and April 11,12 from 9:30 to 5:00. They will be open longer into April if the people and snow hold up. The snow won't be a problem, so everyone get to Saddleback for some awesome April skiing!

I will let the pictures and video tell the rest of the story.

@AlecPhoto with some Frost Bite Air

@AlecPhoto finding the Untracked on Frost Bite

Juley Carving up the Soft Snow - This is March 28?

Black Beauty Head Wall and the Gorgeous View

Juley Carving up the Soft Snow on Front Bite

@AlecPhoto Sizing Up a Turn

@MaineSkiFamily Old Man on the New Bizzard Bonafides

Just an Amazing View at Saddleback - Never Gets Old!

Here is our video from the day. It was the three of us as the youngest had a weekend youth event. Lots of great skiing by @AlecPhoto and highlights include:

  • 0:37 Jane Craig double cliff huck
  • 0:45 @MaineSkiFamily Old Man Cam on Tight Line
  • 1:04 Upper Governor Glade
  • 1:56 Mom Cam on Governor